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Meet Sofia Riba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Riba.

Hi Sofia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m an actor, born in Mexico City and raised in Miami. My love of performing was obvious from a young age so my parents just leaned into that. I was taking piano, singing, dance classes and going to castings. Fun fact: when I was 11, I missed a lot of school because I was cast in a few commercials (all in Spanish – brief Latina child actor moment?). My real love was always theatre – I was in every local play growing up.

In college, I was studying to work in politics. I swore up and down I was going to live in DC but I happened to be roommates with acting majors and that’s when I realized I wanted to commit to acting professionally. I was cast in a play in Boston and from there, I moved to NYC to study Meisner with Charlie Sandlan and Maggie Flanigan. Training at that studio changed my life. I’ve always been a take charge, proactive human, but training helped instill my work ethic and obsession with the craft of acting. My career started in the NYC theatre scene and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Yikes, many things come to mind here! As I look back, a lot of the struggles I went through (and still go through) are mental. As a hungry young artist, fresh out of training, two things were happening: 1) I felt a type of entitlement and 2) I would feel guilty and make myself small when I was getting auditions but my peers weren’t. I learned very quickly that people who truly love and support you will also champion you, so if a friend slips away because they’re salty, you’re working – so be it. More importantly though, I’ve learned to take radical responsibility for my career. No one owes me literally anything. There are so many extremely talented, well-trained actors who never get the chance to act.

Every opportunity I get, I cherish and hold myself accountable to going deep in the work. I play for keeps. If I view myself as a victim, all “woe is me, no one wants to cast me” vibes, I’m giving away my power. I’ll be miserable! And then the irony is no one will actually cast me because we can all sense dread. After shifting and taking mental agency over my career, I find joy in the process from beginning to end – preparing the audition, researching the role, meeting the team and hopefully working together on set. I can whine and blame the industry for being unfair all day long, but that’s only going to make me sluggish, passive and uninspired. Venting is one thing, but living in victim mode is another.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Although I’m known for my work on stage, lately my focus has been my screen work. I recently finished filming my lead role in Mya-Breyana Morton’s new film. Shooting in Georgia is always a memorable time. In June, I’ll be co-starring in a feature shooting in Detroit that I’m also co-producing. I’ve been wanting to produce for a while – very soon you’ll see a series of comedic sketches I’m acting in and producing as well. One of the roles I’m most proud of is playing Juliet in Powerhouse Theater’s production of R&J. I’m a resident actor of Hamlet Isn’t Dead, a Shakespeare theatre company, so the classics are very important to me. I think what sets me apart is my ability to bring a genuine piece of my personality, my Latina essence you could say, to every role. I’m also really into improv. I love working with directors who encourage that in the moment among actors. Catch me in two commercials airing right now for Daily Harvest and Burger King, too.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Visit my website www.sofiariba.com and send me a note! I love meeting casting directors, writers, producers, designers, fundraisers – if you care about the arts, let’s be friends. I’m always looking to connect and collaborate. I truly feel like the quality of our life and work is the quality of our relationships, so don’t be shy.

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